Visit to More Schools: Junior Students Are Getting Married and Pregnant
Whispering Hope Africa Initiative (WHAI) sojourned to another school in Omor, this time to Community Secondary School Omor in Ayamelum LGA of Anambra state.
The school principal, Mrs. Ugochukwu Christiana Obiorah welcomed WHAI Team and thanked WHAI for the good work she does in the rural communities and for the vulnerable.
She affirmed that a lot of the students do drop out and gave the previous day’s incident of a man who came for permission to allow her fiancée, a Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 student to grow/weave her hair to school (which is against the school policy) because their wedding is coming up in December.
While still in the school, WHAI Team witnessed a scene where six JSS1 students (girls) who sneaked out during school hour returned from a visit to a classmate theirs, who just delivered a baby.
We had few minutes to dialogue and interact with the JSS3 students who are preparing for exams. The students echoed they know many of their school mates who are not returning to school mostly because they got married or already pregnant. We encouraged them to take their studies serious and inspire their classmates that dropped out from school to return to school.
Mr. Igwebuike Emmanuel Mgbechi, a youth leader from Omor also addressed the students using their dialect to stand up for their rights and change the mentality that women belongs to the kitchen. He admonished them to keep their heads high and focus on their education.
The Executive Director of WHAI told them about the club that will be established once a project kicks off. The club is aimed at building girls capacity, self-esteem and creating positive minds who would build a rural community filled with dignified, young talented people that could confidently speak against child marriage and school drop out.
The WHAI team members who undertook the field work are Ezinwa Chinyere, Uche Enem, Godstime Okemeziem and Udegboka Nkechi.
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